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Re: CHAT: Directions

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, December 12, 1999, 23:14
Barry Garcia wrote:
> I tend to use both street names and land marks. Especially if I'm going to > a place i've never been, I ask that people give me a hint as to what > landmarks there are in the area.
I only use street names. Here in Gainesville, all of our street names are numbered, with the exception of University Avenue and Main Street. So, one avenue up from University is Northwest/Northeast 1st Avenue, and so one. For me, a very logical system, since just looking at an address tells you exactly where it is relative to you without needing to know the names of the streets. Plus, you know how many blocks it is from where you are. I'm at the intersection of 3rd avenue and 15th street, so my friends who live at 10th and 10th are, as a quick bit of arithmetic will tell me, 12 blocks away, that is (10-3)+(15-10)=7+5=12 But, when directing someone to my place when I'm in the car with them, I'll say things like "turn left here at this stoplight", or "right after the top of this hill" when I'm back in P'cola. -- "Old linguists never die - they just come to voiceless stops." - anonymous ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor